The Spotify Car Thing.

Credit: Spotify
  • Spotify has discontinued its Car Thing gadget, used for listening to and controlling Spotify in the car.
  • The company is effectively bricking the device and has encouraged owners to “safely” dispose of it.
  • That seems like a waste when the company could’ve opened up the device for tinkering.

Spotify first launched its Car Thing gadget back in 2021, and this was a compact Spotify player with a touchscreen and physical knob. The product had its fans, but Spotify has now decided to discontinue and effectively brick the gadget.

The company sent emails to customers informing them of Car Thing’s discontinuation (h/t: Reddit), but it also updated a support page to confirm more details.